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A selection of flowers snapped by Hot Flash columnist Barbara Bishop.

Environment, Santa Monica, Hot Flash

Hot Flash Universe: The Sexiest, Most Beautiful Flowers

Posted Oct. 15, 2014, 9:46 am

I love to take photos of flowers. I started about a year ago when I bought a decent camera to really capture the amazing details of nature. I feel like I go into another world when I am doing it, and I’ve taken some amazing shots.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Environment, Business, Opinion, California, Columnist

Alas, Plastic Bag; We Knew Ye Well

Posted Oct. 11, 2014, 9:42 am

Maybe at the top here we can agree that there are two general categories of environmental legislation. First, there’s a kind of proper ‘Boy Scout’ action that has a wonderful quality of engaging the public and offering high visibility while it is enforced.

News, Environment, West Hollywood

Clean Up Continues From Massive Sunset Strip Water Main Rupture

Posted Sep. 27, 2014, 9:03 am

A 36-inch water main installed nearly 100 years ago ruptured in West Hollywood on Friday, flooding streets and closing a section of Sunset Boulevard.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, History

Supervisors Urge Naming Of Santa Monica Mountains Peak After Milt McAuley

Posted Sep. 9, 2014, 1:48 pm

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today voted to urge federal officials to name a peak in the Santa Monica Mountains in honor of the late hiker, author and conservationist Milt McAuley, who died in 2008.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Vineyard Owners Protest Modifications To Zoning Plan In Santa Monica Mountains

Posted Aug. 27, 2014, 9:08 am

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 on Tuesday to approve modifications to a zoning plan aimed at protecting the Santa Monica Mountains, drawing praise from environmentalists and equestrians but protests from vineyard owners.

News, City Council, Environment, Santa Monica

Stage 2 Water Supply Shortage Declared In Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 15, 2014, 9:02 am

The amber alert signs on local freeways and local media outlets have been informing everyone in Southern California of severe drought conditions up and down the state. At its Tuesday meeting, Santa Monica’s council members unanimously voted to declare what City staff described as a “Stage 2 Water Supply Shortage” and require a 20 percent reduction in water use as compared to last year.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

What We Don't Know About The Drought In California - Plenty

Posted Aug. 2, 2014, 8:57 am

We know a fair amount about the drought that has now afflicted California for about three years: It has been the driest period since record-keeping began in the 19th Century. If their wells are deep enough, farmers can still pretty much pump all the ground water they like, while homeowners can be fined up to $500 for watering down a walkway. Water use actually rose after Gov. Jerry Brown asked for a voluntary 20 percent cutback.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Responds To Statewide Emergency Water Conservation Regulations

Posted Jul. 31, 2014, 8:34 am

As the drought worsens, the City of Santa Monica is urging its water customers, workers and visitors to step up their water conservation efforts in response to the statewide emergency water conservation regulations adopted yesterday by the State Water Resources Control Board.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Board Of Supervisors Vote To Help Fund Purchase Of Critical Wildlife Habitat

Posted Jul. 30, 2014, 9:26 am

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to help fund the acquisition of 74 acres in Agua Dulce as part of a critical wildlife corridor connecting two major sections of the Angeles National Forest.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Columnist

Ranchers Coming Around On Global Warming

Posted Jul. 12, 2014, 8:20 am

The chorus of global warming deniers has not shrunk. Outcries claiming the entire issue is fraudulent are not going away.

Tom Ford has been named Executive Director of The Bay Foundation. He previously served as the Foundation’s Director of Marine Programs.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Q&A With The Bay Foundation’s New Executive Director Tom Ford

Posted Jul. 8, 2014, 9:03 am

The Bay Foundation – a science-based organization that advocates for the Santa Monica Bay – appointed Tom Ford last month as its new Executive Director.

Anyone wanting to be part of Project Save Our Surf's beach clean-ups can visit its website for upcoming dates and locations.

News, Environment, Beach, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Beach Clean Up This Saturday, June 28

Posted Jun. 25, 2014, 9:20 am

Project Save Our Surf will host a beach clean-up this Saturday, June 28 at Santa Monica's beach tower 28. It will start at 10 am.

News, Environment, Malibu, Santa Monica, Ocean, Fish

Endangered Steelhead Trout Restored In Malibu Lagoon

Posted May. 30, 2014, 2:11 pm

Restoration officials celebrating the first sighting in decades of an endangered steelhead trout in the Malibu Lagoon, which underwent a major overhaul

Crews continue the cleanup of thousands of dead fish in Marina del Rey.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Water

Marina del Rey Dead Fish Cleanup Continues

Posted May. 22, 2014, 8:01 am

Crews continued working to remove thousands of dead fish from a section of Marina del Rey, saying other marine life will be endangered as long as the decaying fish remain in the water.

Thousands of dead fish were spotted in Marina Del Rey this weekend.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Sheriff

Thousands Of Dead Fish Surface In Marina Del Rey

Posted May. 18, 2014, 11:59 am

Several dead fish mysteriously rose to the surface at a section of Marina Del Rey, near Ballona Creek, the Sheriff’s Dept. said.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, City Hall

City Of Santa Monica Receives $60,000 From EPA To Reduce Water Pollution

Posted May. 2, 2014, 6:25 am

The city of Santa Monica will receive $60,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a stormwater diversion system designed to reduce runoff, protect water quality and replace potable water used to irrigate parkland, it was announced Thursday.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government

Fracking: Find An Indisputably Clean Method

Posted Apr. 26, 2014, 8:56 am

When a city like Carson, home to one large oil refinery and next-door neighbor to another, hard by the junction of two major freeways and site of both a Cal State campus and a Major League Soccer stadium, slaps a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing because of environmental questions, you know fracking of California’s vast oil and gas reserves is no sure thing.

Local innovator and business leader Dr. Michael Crooke will be the keynote speaker at this Wednesday’s Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) luncheon at the Le Meridien Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica.

News, Environment, Business, Santa Monica, Sustainability

Innovator Dr. Michael Crooke To Address SQA Luncheon Attendees

Posted Apr. 25, 2014, 9:00 am

Local innovator and business leader Dr. Michael Crooke will be the keynote speaker at this Wednesday’s Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) luncheon at the Le Meridien Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica.

Two American Sweetgum trees that can grow as high as 75 feet will be planted on 19th Street in Santa Monica on Wednesday.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Help Plant Two American Sweetgums In Santa Monica On Arbor Day

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 7:29 am

A handful of Santa Monica organizations will come together to celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees within the community this Wednesday, April 23.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Government

Ground Water Becoming Another Big California Fight

Posted Apr. 14, 2014, 9:16 am

The next front in California’s long-running water wars has already opened, and the reasons for it will sometimes be hard to see – but not always.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Assemblyman Bloom's Legislation To Ban Plastic Microbeads Moves Forward

Posted Apr. 8, 2014, 9:47 am

Assemblymember Richard Bloom (Dem-Santa Monica) announced Monday that his legislation to ban plastic microbeads and reduce ocean debris passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on a 6-3 vote.

Santa Monica-based 5 Gyres Institute is seeking one crew member to help research ocean plastic pollution. The contest prize is worth $10,000.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica's 5 Gyres Seeks Crew Member To Help Research Ocean Pollution

Posted Mar. 30, 2014, 6:00 am

The 5 Gyres Institute, the Santa Monica group leading legislation banning cosmetics containing tiny plastic beads, has launched an online video contest for those who want to experience a high seas “plastic garbage patch” firsthand.

Environment, Santa Monica, Education, Youth

McKinley Elementary Named A Finalist In LA Trash-Free Lunch Challenge

Posted Mar. 27, 2014, 8:35 am

McKinley Elementary in Santa Monica has been named a finalist in L.A. County’s third annual Trash-Free Lunch Challenge.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Recognizes National Tsunami Preparedness Week

Posted Mar. 27, 2014, 8:21 am

In recognition of National Tsunami Preparedness Week, March 24-30, the Santa Monica Office of Emergency Management would like to remind those who live, work, and play in Santa Monica to take the time to check their emergency kits, update their family emergency plan, and be informed of the hazards that may exist in our community.

Santa Monica Tree Hugging Day organizer Jerry Rubin and his wife Marissa.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Residents To Celebrate Spring Equinox With Tree Hugging Day Event

Posted Mar. 20, 2014, 8:30 am

The annual Tree Hugging Day public gathering in Santa Monica will once again take place today on the Spring Equinox at the Children's Tree of Life.

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